Damian Sutton - Photography, Cinema, Memory

Visited in previous modules, Damian Sutton has been an incredible influence to my ideas surrounding the duration of the image. Some more recent highlights below that have sparked new curiosity with duration.



Continuing on from a previous post about Marianne Hirsch and Postmemory I wanted to highlight some further points of reflection.

Joan Gibbons writes on the subject of Memory and Photography and has introduced Marianne Hirsch’s description of Postmemory. She uses a lovely anecdote for Postmemory where she discusses it in terms of the primary and secondary witness. “Postmemory - secondary memory that has been passed constructed by the next generation rather than the primary witness” and then gos not o discuss how postmemory is “the inheritance of past events that are still being worked through.” This idea resonates with me when thinking about my grandmothers memories and the stories that I inherit through he conversations we have. Something I am a little less familiar with and something I will investigate further is what is meant by “still being worked through”. Is this referring to the wrk through of life in general or a more succinct working through like that of an investigation?


Immemory - Chris Marker

Thinking of our memory as a kind of 'history book', or thinking about our fragments of memory in terms of 'geography'. We map our own paths collecting memorandum along the way. These paths can the be organised through the photographs made, the postcards collected and stored in an archive. 

This idea of memory being related to geography reminds me of the Chinese Tradition 'memory Palace'. Items of memory are placed along a path known well to the person and the path is then travelled along passing past items of recollection. 

This idea of geography, of recollecting the paths once travelled and also the objects of memory are all things I wish to integrate into my practise in the future - perhaps through landscape works or through physical travel to obtain a deeper understanding of what I understand to be my own methodology in memory work. 


Marker, C. (2018). Immemory. [online] Chris Marker. Available at: [Accessed 19 Aug. 2018].